Eating disorders in the Far East

  title={Eating disorders in the Far East},
  author={Grace Tsai},
  journal={Eating and Weight Disorders - Studies on Anorexia, Bulimia and Obesity},
  • G. Tsai
  • Published 1 December 2000
  • Medicine
  • Eating and Weight Disorders - Studies on Anorexia, Bulimia and Obesity
Objective: To investigate eating disorders (EDs) prevalence rates among Asian populations and identify characteristics that distinguish them from their Western counterparts. Method: Potential references were identified through an English-language literature search using Medline, Psychinfo, Dissertation Abstracts (1966 to 1999) and through extensive manual searching of textbooks, reviews and reference lists. Results: The majority of studies related to EDs were conducted in Japan and China and a… 
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